The energy of the evening was absolute joy! Celebrity chefs, award-winning vintners, and us. We had so much fun sharing the art and stories of the artists in the newly released coffee table book, Aloha Expressionism by Contemporary Hawaii Artists at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival‘s Corks & Forks event on the roof of the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
We are honored to have received the 1st Place in the open category (the category for things that are hard to define) for our collaborative piece, Nature’s Palette! With several shades of koa, mango, and some paint, the award was a nice affirmation for our new direction.
Nature’s Palette measures 40″ h x 30″ w and has a koa frame. It is currently available at Cliff Johns Gallery.
Tim has a couple of large, gorgeous Koa calabashes underway. Photos of finished works coming soon! Check out the video of the 21″ Koa Calabash by Timothy Allan Shafto. Noisy, huh?
Tim and I are excited to share our New Directions at The Gallery at Hualalai where I am a partner. Sadly, The Gallery is closing on January 17, 2014, though we will be coming back with pop-up events! In the mean time, drop us an email and stay in touch.
After an amazing year of hosting community meetings, surveying local artists, and creating a website, I produced a research report proving the artistic density and the beautiful economic impact artists make. Check it out at www.HINArtists.org.
1st Place Joinery and Artist’s Choice Award at the 27th Annual Hawaii Wood Guild Exhibit for Harmony Table (made in collaboration with Joshua Johansen).
The richness of the artistic community on Hawaii Island never fails to amaze me and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to prove just how rich our community is, thanks to Volcano Art Center who hired me as the Project Manager for the Hawaii Island Network of Artists project. This is such an exciting project! Visit HINArtists.org to learn all about it!
Today it struck me. The reason I love creating is because it is a series of successes. Tim and I were talking about it last night and our creative passion comes for the joy of bringing an idea into physical form. There are parts that fulfill my need for “instant” gratification–sanding a rough piece of koa into a lustrous and vibrant state then applying finish and watching it glow–that’s the part I really love. For Tim, it’s the ability to use his hands to transform a thought into a thing. We are motivated to create beauty–objects that speak to us through the grain of the wood and the materials we use. It’s simple. Each completed piece is a success and we experience joy while making, which is why we are ever so grateful for all of you who purchase our creations. Your support means we get to keep experiencing the joy of making!
What motivates you to create? Share your inspirations with us. We are all creators.
October 20 – 22, 2012 – three days, 25 artists working together, nearly 60 pieces of art!
As the administrator for the first ever Hawaii Collaboration 2011, this was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. The harmonious working environment, the free expressions of gratitude, and the tangible creative energy from the group was more than I dreamed. You can witness it for yourself on YouTube thanks to Matthew Lovein who has volunteered countless hours of video, editing, and creative time.
A very special Mahalo to Tai Lake and Cliff Johns for co-founding the event and to Tai and his family for hosting us all. This is a game changing experience and we are looking forward to growing it! Be sure to come to the first Hawaii Collaboration Own the Art Auction on Nov. 19th at the Holualoa Inn. For more info, follow our facebook page.